WITOLD FITZ-SIMON is a nationally certified Alexander Technique teacher. He served as a faculty member on the American Center for the Alexander Technique’s teacher training program from 2016 until its closure in 2018, and has taught actors, athletes, writers, musicians, lawyers, yoga teachers, and knitters in his private practice in New York City since 2014. A certified yoga instructor since 2000, Witold combines his practice of Alexander Technique, yoga, embodied anatomy, and developmental movement into a lively somatic approach to self-expression and the body. Before discovering somatic movement and the Alexander Technique, he worked in the New York talent agency and casting business and earned his BFA in film and television from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
“I believe a well-lived life is like a craft. We can learn techniques and skills of the craft from others, which then become ours to perfect and apply how we choose, either to model our lives on the paths of those who inspire us, or to discover our own path. I believe the fulfillment of a life well-lived comes not from what we achieve, but from the experience of the process of crafting it.
“I came to the Alexander Technique out of necessity. In my forties, I found that yoga, which I’ve practiced since the 1990s, wasn’t enough to keep my body healthy. My early years of stressful working conditions in the entertainment industry followed by a decade of pushing and striving in my yoga practice had left me with sacroiliac problems that gave me recurring back pain. My back pain had become so intense that, for several years, the only yoga I was able to do was a small handful of standing poses. Anything more challenging would throw my back out. The Alexander Technique enabled me to strengthen my back and reclaim my yoga practice, enabling me to become stronger and more flexible in middle age than I had ever been when I was younger.